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Hasan Minhaj will headline the Trump-free White House Correspondents' Dinner


The White House Correspondents' Dinner is a big day in Washington. Superstar comedians like Stephen Colbert and Seth Myers have headlined the event as they roasted the president, the press and anyone else in power.

This year, that honor will go to Hasan Minhaj of "The Daily Show," the White House Correspondents' Association announced Tuesday.

President Trump said he will break with tradition and skip the dinner, which will be held April 29. 

Here's the WHCA announcement.

Minhaj performed at the Congressional Correspondents Dinner last summer.

Despite not being as big a name as past headliners, he's earned some rave reviews.

But some observers thought the whole event should be shut down.

I was not looking for somebody who was going to roast the president in absentia. That's not fair.
Jeff Mason

Though some may be looking for Minhaj to bash Trump, WHCA president Jeff Mason said he wanted a more balanced approach.

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